Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending July 5, 2014)
Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
- Two-Bladed Wind Turbines Make a Comeback
Wind-turbine designers are warming up to an alternative to the three-bladed rotors that have been an industry standard for the past quarter-century.
- IBM: Commercial Nanotube Transistors Are Coming Soon
Chips made with nanotube transistors, which could be five times faster, should be ready around 2020, says IBM.
- Facebook’s Emotional Manipulation Study Is Just the Latest Effort to Prod Users
With emotion-triggering effort, Facebook pushes beyond data-driven studies on voting, sharing, and organ-donation prompts to make people feel good or bad.
- Refriending Facebook
Outrage over Facebook’s “emotional contagion” experiment shows a general misunderstanding of what Facebook is and how it works.
- Super-Slick Material Stops Ice from Forming
The first application of a novel water-repellent material from Harvard could be low-energy freezers.
- Smart Home Devices Need to Get a Lot Smarter
Imagine a dishwasher that requires a username and password. Smart homes will require unprecedented effort to ensure not just security but also usability.
- Fake Followers for Hire, and How to Spot Them
It’s possible to buy a good reputation on the Internet for a modest price, but some are trying to put an end to that. <
Geoffrey Hinton tells us why he’s now scared of the tech he helped build
“I have suddenly switched my views on whether these things are going to be more intelligent than us.”
ChatGPT is going to change education, not destroy it
The narrative around cheating students doesn’t tell the whole story. Meet the teachers who think generative AI could actually make learning better.
Meet the people who use Notion to plan their whole lives
The workplace tool’s appeal extends far beyond organizing work projects. Many users find it’s just as useful for managing their free time.
Learning to code isn’t enough
Historically, learn-to-code efforts have provided opportunities for the few, but new efforts are aiming to be inclusive.
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